Foodie events: Dinners, tours, festivals and more

Jessi Blakely (right) and Caren Mangarwlli (left), pictured in 2015, chow down on a Bratwurst from Motorco as they start the lead-off leg of the seventh annual Doughman race in Durham.
Jessi Blakely (right) and Caren Mangarwlli (left), pictured in 2015, chow down on a Bratwurst from Motorco as they start the lead-off leg of the seventh annual Doughman race in Durham.


Fridays on the Front Porch

The Carolina Inn in Chapel Hill has kicked off its weekly Friday night concert series. Every Friday through Oct. 13, from 5 to 8:30 p.m. there will be live music and food trucks near the front porch. For a schedule of music and food trucks, go to

Creekside Wined Down

Triangle Town Center & Commons in Raleigh holds free “Creekside Wined Down” events every other Thursday from 6:30 to 9 p.m. in the pavilion with live music, lawn games and beer and wine. Proceeds from beverage sales benefit Triangle nonprofit Saving Grace, an animal adoption organization dedicated to helping homeless animals find permanent homes. Wined Down events are May 25 and June 8. All events are weather permitting.

Doughman competition set for Durham

The Doughman – an event that tests both physical prowess and intestinal fortitude – is scheduled for May 27, around Duke University and nearby Ninth Street. The race consists of eating from a local restaurant followed by either a bike ride, a run, and/or an aquatic activity. Teams of four compete in a run, bike ride and aquatic activity, accompanied by food from local restaurants. The route will take participants through Durham – near Sarah P. Duke Gardens, Duke University and Ninth Street – and highlight local culinary destinations. Costumes are encouraged. The event begins at 8 a.m. Registration costs $200 and ends May 24 at 11:59 p.m. Proceeds go to the Durham Bicycle Cooperative, a volunteer nonprofit community bicycle project., or

Standard Foods Beehive Dinner

Standard Foods, 205 E. Franklin St., Raleigh, will be joined Sunday, May 28, at 4 p.m. by Chefs Cheetie Kumar from Garland, Drew Maykuth of Stanbury and Sean Fowler of Mandolin to create a honey-inspired dinner with Standard Foods’ Chef Eric Montagne and Will Cisa and honey from Apiopolis, a nonprofit bee sanctuary. Big Boss Brewery and Jones Von Drehle Winery will provide beverages. The event is a fundraiser to help a nonprofit bee sanctuary install a new bee sanctuary on the Standard Foods farm. Tickets are $80 with tax and gratuity included.

Memorial Day Fish Fry

Crook’s Corner and Al’s Burger Shack are teaming up for a fish fry Monday, May 29, from 6 to 8 p.m. at Crook’s Corner, 610 W. Franklin St., Chapel Hill. There will be fried shrimp, oysters, flounder, catfish, french fries and hushpuppies. There will be music from Liquid Pleasure. Tickets are $45 at

Book appearances

John T. Edge, director of the Southern Foodways Alliance, will talk about his book “The Potlikker Papers: A Food History of the Modern South” with help from some Triangle restaurants. For more on the book and Edge, go to

▪ Tuesday, May 30: 7 p.m. A conversation with Ashley Christensen of Poole’s Diner. Quail Ridge Books, 4209 Lassiter Mill Road, Suite 100, Raleigh.

▪ Wednesday, May 31: 7:30 p.m. Andrea Reusing of Lantern and The Durham restaurant will introduce Edge at Fullsteam Brewery, 726 Rigsbee Ave., Durham. Regulator Bookshop is host.

▪ Thursday, June 1: 7 p.m. With food from Crook’s Corner. Flyleaf Books, 752 Martin Luther King Jr. Blvd., Chapel Hill

Food, Cultural Connections and Political Acts

Chefs Steven Goff of BrineHaus Meats and Provisions and Chef Kabui of Organics and SoundsProceeds will prepare a meal June 1 at 6 p.m. at Person Street Pharmacy, 702 N. Person St., Raleigh, to benefit Raleigh Food Corridor. The meal will have contrasting dishes with chefs switching from course to course. $100.

Joe Van Gogh turns 10

The coffee company celebrates 10 years June 1 from 7 to 10 p.m. at the location at 1104-B Broad St., Durham. Gussy’s Greek Truck will serve food from 7 to 9 p.m., plus music and karaoke, dessert, beer, coffee and more.

Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend

More than 70 farms and restaurants will come together for the 10th annual Farm to Fork Picnic to celebrate the partnerships that have helped make the Triangle a food destination. The picnic will cap off the Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend, which includes the Sustainable Supper on June 2 and sold-out Five Chefs in Five Courses on June 3. There also will be a talk by culinary historian Michael Twitty.

The Farm to Fork Picnic Weekend is June 2 to 4. Proceeds will go to farmer training programs at the Center for Environmental Farming Systems and the W.C. Breeze Family Farm Extension and Research Center. Tickets are available for the Sustainable Supper and the picnic at the Fearrington Village in Pittsboro. For details on events, go to

A ‘Moving Feast’ at Shaw University

A five-course meal will be served June 7 at 6 p.m. at Shaw University’s 1855 Rogers-Bagley-Daniels-Pegues House, 125 E. South St., Raleigh, to highlight the work of the Raleigh Food Corridor and their efforts to promote access to nutrition in diverse downtown Raleigh communities. The meal will be prepared by chefs Angela Salamanca of Centro and Ryan McGuire of the Chefs Academy and will unfold room by room. Erin White, of Raleigh’s Community Food Lab, will lead the tour. Proceeds will benefit the Raleigh Food Corridor. $100.

Vegetarian Farm-to-Table Beer Dinner

Chef Patrick Cowden presents a five-course vegan dinner June 8 at 6 p.m. at Person Street Pharmacy, 702 N. Person St., Raleigh, with beer from Trophy Brewing and Raleigh-grown produce. $100. Proceeds benefit the Raleigh Food Corridor.

Triangle Restaurant Week

More than 100 restaurants across the Triangle are expected to take part in the summer edition of Triangle Restaurant Week June 5 to 11. Restaurants offer fixed menus for lunch and dinner at set prices. For participating restaurants and menus, go to

Cider Cocktail Classes

Alley Twenty-Six in Durham will host cider cocktail classes with Mattie Beason, owner of Black Twig Cider House. Each class will offer tastings of three cider cocktails and discussions with Beason, Alley Twenty-Six’s Shannon Healy, Rob Mariani of Alley Twenty-Six Tonic Syrup’s and North Carolina distillers. Following the class, Beason will be the guest bartender and will continue to serve cider cocktails. Classes are 4 to 5 p.m. June 17 (with TOPO Distillery) and Aug. 19 (with Fair Game Beverage Company). Classes are $25. Alley Twenty Six is at 320 East Chapel Hill St., Durham.

Chefs for Change

A fundraising dinner series from Families Moving Forward continues at The Rickhouse, 609 Foster St., Durham. A Durham chef will serve three or more courses at a ticketed dinner with proceeds benefiting the organization, which provides temporary homes to homeless families with children. The participating chefs are Seth Gross, Pompieri and Bull City Burger & Brewery, June 19; Billy Cotter, Toast and Dashi, Aug. 21; and John May, Piedmont, Oct. 16. There will be a finale gala Dec. 18. Tickets are $75 and include the meal, wine and beer. A limited number of series passes will be sold for all four events and gala. Gala tickets are $50. Tickets are sold in advance only.

TerraVita Food & Drink Festival tickets on sale

Tickets are on sale for October’s TerraVita Food & Drink Festival, which features award-winning chefs, journalists, authors and tastings along with a sustainable food message. The four-day festival, now in its eighth year, is Oct. 18-21 at various Chapel Hill venues. The festival features dinners, chef demos as well as the Sustainable Classroom – workshops and tastings with acclaimed speakers. This year’s festival also features a Seasoned in the Chef tribute dinner to honor Bill Smith of Crook’s Corner in Chapel Hill. Chefs will prepare courses to recognize Smith’s legacy as a chef. Ticket prices vary per event. A limited number of four-day passes are $550.


Alsacian Riesling Wine Class

The Fearrington Granary Restaurant, 2000 Fearrington Village Center, Pittsboro, hosts a class May 25, from 6 to 8 p.m., on Rieslings, a sweet, light wine. $50 includes wine, tasting plate, service fee and tax. $50. 919-542-2121.

Hands-on Greek Cooking Class

Durham Spirits Co., 3222 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, hosts a class on making Greek dishes June 3 from 6 to 8 p.m. Menu includes Shrimp Saganaki; Green Bean Salad with Dill and Feta; Moussaka with Lamb; Spinach Phyllo Tart; Greek Potatoes; Homemade Pitas; Tzetiki; Baklava. $59.

Hands-on Grilling 101 Cooking Class

Learn proper grilling technique, marinades and timing of cooking at Durham Spirits Co., 3222 Old Chapel Hill Rd., Durham, June 4, from 1 to 3 p.m. Menu includes: Fire Roasted Ricotta Dip with Padron Peppers; Grilled Summer Vegetables; Grilled Flank Steak with Basil Mint Vinaigrette; Hickory Smoked Ribs and Tomatoes; Grilled Corn and Avocado Salad; Grilled Flatbread; Grilled Peaches with Pound Cake and Buttermilk Ice Cream. $59/person.

Cold Soups and Salads from the Summer Garden

Learn how to make cold soups and salads at Sarah P. Duke Gardens June 5 from 6 to 8 p.m. Instructor Katie Coleman, chef and owner of Durham Spirits Company, is the instructor. Each class includes tastings. Participants will work in small groups to make recipes. $28 per session for garden members; $35 for nonmembers. The garden is at Erwin Road and Anderson Street, Durham. 919-684-3698,

Food and Drink Tours

Five Points Durham Food Tour

Bites of Bull City, a food blog, hosts a walking tour in the Five Points area of downtown Durham, Saturday, June 17, from 2 to 5 p.m. The walking tour begins at 2 p.m. at the Durham Convention & Visitors Bureau before heading to Counting House, inside 21c Museum Hotel. The tour continues to Pizzeria Toro, The Cupcake Bar, Bull McCabe’s and Viceroy. Spots are limited. There is only one tour per season. $48 per person. Click on Foodie Events.

Taste Carolina

Taste Carolina offers a variety of food tours in Chapel Hill, Durham, Raleigh and Hillsborough, including tasting tours, Raleigh Roots Tour, Dinner and Drinks tours and a Speakeasies Cocktail Tour. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to

Tobacco Road Tours

Tobacco Road Tours offers several tours in Raleigh and Durham. They include the Raleigh Walking Culinary & Cultural Tour, Raleigh Craft Cocktail Tour and the Raleigh Pub Crawl & Haunted Adventure Tour. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to

Triangle Food Tour

Guided culinary walking tours are offered in Raleigh, Durham, Chapel Hill and Cary on Saturday afternoons. Start times vary. Tickets are $45, plus service fee. Reservations must be made in advance. For descriptions, dates and reservations, go to

Tap the Triangle craft beer tour

Tap the Triangle offers craft beer tours in Durham, Chapel Hill and Raleigh. TTT will offer a Friday night “hop on, hop off” shuttle connecting the breweries in Durham for a flat rate. The company has partnered with a dozen breweries and bottle shops and offers tours from $24.99 to $69.99. They package beer tastings with transportation.

Tour of Lassiter Distilling Co.

Tour the facility in downtown Knightdale to see how Lassiter’s North Carolina Rum is made. Tours run 30-45 minutes and include a sample of rum for guests 21 and over. Lassiter Distilling Co., 319 N. First Ave., Knightdale. 919-295-0111,

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